Book Review: Sustainable Knitting for Beginners and Beyond

Written by: Maz

I love knitting themed books. They are so beautiful, and an absolute go to if you are in between knitting projects and looking for some inspiration.

Sometimes, if my hands hurt due to too much knitting (older age approaching), I spend few days looking at beautiful knitting books. It can be just as wonderful as the real thing, and at times even better, to thumb through a good, old fashioned, made of paper knitting book.

Anyway, I have decided to review some of the amazing books that keep me company in non knitting days. Perhaps I can therefore bring you inspiration not only with your woolly crafting, but for the times that the needles are taking a little break.

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Review of the book Sustainable Knitting for Beginners and Beyond

The full title of the knitting book that is being reviewed today is Sustainable Knitting for Beginners and Beyond – 20 Patterns for Environmentally Friendly Knits,

You can buy the book, or view more about it, here on Amazon.

As the name suggests, the book contains knitting patterns to make 20 items with a sustainable, environmentally friendly theme. The projects within the book are as follows:

  • basic top
  • little case
  • backpack
  • easy peasy cowl
  • kitchen towel
  • mesh shopping bag
  • hanging organiser basket
  • place mats
  • kitchen baskets
  • dish sponge
  • body scrubby
  • massage glove
  • small bathmat
  • hairband
  • facial pads
  • scrunchie
  • table runner
  • meditation cushion
  • patchwork mat

The majority of the knitting patterns are beginner friendly, and as you probably expect from a book about sustainable knitting, cotton yarns feature heavily within this collection of clever patterns.

The book itself is printed in calming, relaxing colours and I have to say that I am absolutely inspired to make some of the little facial pads for the home spa. Actually, I have been meaning to knit up a few face pads for a while, and this book, with its plain and textured version, has really convinced me that now is the time.

Knitting items such as facial cleansing pads saves the environment by not only using sustainable cotton yarn, but also by cutting out the need to buy disposable pads which are more often than not wrapped in harmful plastic, and made in a polluting factory environment.

Indeed, that is a key point made in this book. Hand knitting in itself is sustainable, and especially so when you mindful about the fibres that you use when working your projects. Hand made is a far step away from mass produced and all of the pollution and other negative associated issues.

This lovely knitting book is perfect for beginner knitters. Basic techniques are explained, with clear pictures to help any new crafter see how to cast on, knit, purl, join yarns and much more. There is also a handy chart which converts metric to US knitting needle and crochet hook sizes.

You will learn how to dye yarn with food colourings, make your own t shirt yarn, and learn so many helpful tips about how you can incorporate sustainability into your knitting.

I really do recommend the book Sustainable Knitting for Beginners and Beyond and would love to hear if anyone gives it a read.

Please do check out the photo below. It showcases how wonderful and enjoyable the interior of this knitting book is.

I hope you enjoyed reading this knitting book review, and that it has inspired you to relax and turn a few pages.

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